InFARMation (and Beer!)
“Eating is an agricultural act” Wendell Berry, The Pleasures of Eating
Since January 2009, Friends of Family Farmers has hosted InFARMation (and Beer!) each month in Portland. This is an opportunity to bring the issues that Oregon family farmers face onto the radar of urban consumers and the community in general. The topic changes each month, but always focuses on the larger picture of the connection between food and farms in our state. When eaters connect with farmers, it makes our food web stronger and real changes in our local food system are possible. While these events occur monthly in Portland, we visit locations around Oregon for periodic localized InFARMations as well. See the full schedule of upcoming events below:
Portland: The second Tuesday of every month : Holocene, located at the corner of SE Morrison and SE 10th in Portland. Please note: Holocene does not have a street sign. They do have a fantastic sound and video system, a full bar, and serve food.
Bend: Third Tuesday Quarterly (November, February, May, August) at Broken Top Bottle Shop (1740 NW Pence, Suite 1). Fantastic craft beer selection and local food on the menu!
- 5:30-6:30 – Arrive, networking, enjoyment of food and beverages
- 6:30-8:00 – Speakers(s), Q & A
- 8:00-8:30 – Additional discussion, networking & enjoyment of food and beverages
InFARMation (and Beer!) is always free and open to the public, AND IT IS ALL AGES!
2015 InFARMation Schedule
February 10th: Portland: Farming with Horses
Giddy up! Before tractors, horses did it all. Nowadays, farming with horses is considered rare in the landscape of mechanized farming. We’ll hear from a panel of famers with a range of experience and a deep appreciation for this endangered craft. Our panel includes two women farmers using horse power and working to enable the transfer of this valuable knowledge; Susan Richman of Belle Mare Farm in Willamina and Laura Masterson of 47th Avenue Farm; (Laura also serves as Co-chair on the State Board of Agriculture) and Jesse Nichols of Stoneboat Farms, a new teamster with a year under his belt.
February 17th: Bend: Topic TBD
March 10th: Portland: Building Power for the Small Farm Movement: Learn about the family farm issues up before the Oregon legislature this session and how you can engage and advance the priorities that support local food and socially responsible farms and ranchers! Come early and help make posters and banners for the 2015 Family Farmer and Rancher Day at the State Capitol happening Monday March 30th.
April 14th: Portland: Farmer Financing:
Previous 2015 InFARMation Topics:
January 13th: Portland: Farm Direct Meat & Talking to Your Butcher
Our panel consisted of farmer Nathan Moomaw of Moomaw Family Farm who specializes in a grass-fed meat CSA; Butcher Zeph Shephard of Proletariat Butchery and author, farmer and sustainability consultant, Rebecca Thistlethwaite. We talked about buying bulk meat and CSA shares direct from farmers, the opportunities and limitations of USDA inspected vs Custom Exempt slaughter and much more.
Want to start an InFARMation Series in your neck o’ the woods? Email Leah for more information.